Study: Arts education benefits literacy skills

The New York Times reports that a study by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum suggests that students who participate in the Guggenheim’s Learning Through Art program show improvement in literacy and other academic areas. The study is now in its second year and interviewed hundreds of New York City third grades, some who have taken the program, and some who have not. The study found that students who participated in the art program showed that their performance in six categories of literacy and critical thinking skills outperformed those who did not participate in the program. The release of the study is sure to raise debate, as the era of NCLB has led some schools to increase time spent on reading and math at the expense of other subjects… (Note: This site requires free registration.)

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